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House Tour: A Modern Chelsea Townhouse

Interior designer Irene Gunter from Gunter & Co has brought a symphony of glass, curves and arched edges to this reimagined Chelsea townhouse. It’s a beautiful renovation that a bold design language.


The design team described the owners of this 1950s London townhouse as ‘open-minded’. It was first built after the Second World War and took a mighty renovation to achieve this new and glorious transformation.

Irene and her team chose curved forms throughout the house to bring a softer, more palatable character optimised for the human gaze. Gutting the house completely, they worked closely with McGuinness Architects to arrange an entirely new layout including two new staircases.

When you step inside, you’ll notice there are curves everywhere. This was the intention. From the arc of the doors to the steel balustrade that wraps around the sitting room. It helps to add definition in this interior. Irene feels that is also makes the home more friendly and welcoming.  Irene observes: “If you use curves, on a subconscious level it makes people feel more at ease because it’s a much softer environment to be in.”

Reflective Spaces

“As interior designers, we create homes that can be truly lived in – not just show homes. Our spaces are reflective of the passions and idiosyncrasies of our clients, whose happiness is our most important priority. We treat each project as if it were our own home. With an extensive network of accomplished craftsmen and suppliers across the globe, we never fail to exceed our client’s expectations.”

Plenty of storage was also incorporated into the home. Fluted wood cladding in the dining area rises above the work surface to conceal food preparation mess while the banquette seating is a space saving solution allowing a thoroughfare to the garden.

Timber floors, lime-washed oak and a calming palette of neutrals adds to the sense of serenity and modernity in this home.


Images Image credit: Mary Wadsworth

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